OT: Language for the ages
chenmel at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 14 18:49:17 CDT 2005
On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 11:21:42 -0700
"Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
> Here's an interesting problem.
> Suppose you wanted to write an application for a manufacturing process
> that will, in all probability, run for the next 30 years. No direct
> control of the process itself is entailed (i.e., you don't need the
> program to operation valves or run motors), but you do need this
> program to compute manufacturing parameters for each customer. I/O
> requirements are very modest, mostly simple keyboard and display.
> What would you write it in? Clearly, you'd want to be independent of
> a particular software vendor, so the likes of Visual BASIC isn't an
> option. You'd also want to write in a language that isn't nearing
> obsolesence, nor one that's still evolving. "Niche" languages would
> be out of the question, as longevity could be a problem.
> So what would it be? My vote is for FORTRAN.
8086 Assembly Language. We will NEVER be rid of it. There are high
quality emulators of the 8086 for many platforms. It's definitely NOT
a 'niche' language.
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